News, notes and observations from the Bay Journal staff.
Baltimore may be home to the Orioles and Ravens, but it's now taking steps to welcome the real feathered visitors by joining the ranks of U.S. “urban bird treaty” cities.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gave the city $35,000 last year to begin creating and maintaining habitat for migratory birds. On Saturday, it will announce another $50,000 in funding as the city formally signs the Urban Conservation Treaty for Migratory Birds.
Invasive non-native bushes, vines and other plants are here to stay, it seems, but residents of the Bay watershed can save their yards and even some parks, invasive plant experts agree.
The scientific name of American shad, Alosa sapidissima, may mean savory fish, but it appears that the region’s hungry horde of blue catfish don’t necessarily share that view.
Some fishery managers in recent years have worried that rapidly growing numbers of the nonnative catfish in the region’s tidal rivers might hamper efforts to rebuild populations of shad and river herring, whose coastwide populations are at near-record lows.
But a recent analysis of the stomach contents of blue catfish caught in the James River from 2012 through 2015 found little evidence that they were zeroing in on shad and herring as they migrated upstream to spawn.
Tips from veteran Chesapeake Bay photographer Dave Harp about how to capture the perfect images from your outdoor travels.
I always try to get out and make some photos on the solstices and equinoxes, and an assignment to illustrate a story about Trap Pond allowed me to chase the morning light there a few hours after this year’s Autumnal equinox. It’s an amazingly beautiful patch of wild Delaware near Laurel and will be featured in the November issue of the Bay Journal. The pond, created in the 18th century to power a saw mill to convert the trees into board feet of lumber, is the epicenter of the northern most stand of bald cypress trees in the United States. The relatively young trees in the middle of the pond were planted in the 1930’s when the water level was drawn down to allow the trees to grow. Once they’re heads are above the water they seem to do fine in an aquatic environment. Be sure to look for a more complete story about Trap Pond State Park by Tom Horton in the November issue of the Bay Journal.
Bundle up and take advantage of the opportunities for great photos provided the the crisp air, and low angle of sunlight, during winter months.
While cameras have changed much over the past century, one ingredient of good photos has remained largely the same — the tripod.